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Value-Based Modifier Changes for the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
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THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (ACA) established a value-based payment modifier that provides for differential payment to physicians based on the quality of care provided in relation to the cost of providing that care.

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Pelvic Floor Dialogues – Issue 6 Now Available
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Pelvic Floor Dialogues – Issue 6 is now available on VoicesforPFD.org. The newsletter is designed to update patients on the latest pelvic floor research and connect them to valuable resources.

Articles in Pelvic Floor Dialogues – Issue 6 include:
  • Baby Talk: Does Pregnancy Increase My Risk for PFDs?
  • Five Women Share Their Stories of Living with Fecal Incontinence
  • Discourse on Intercourse: Sexual Issues Help Docs Assess POP Severity
  • Managing POP at 80 and Beyond
  • Talking About Pessaries
A copy of the current issue, as well as past issues, can be viewed on VoicesforPFD.org. To subscribe or to request an email copy to send to your patients, please email info@augs.org.
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American Urological Association 2014 AUA Summer Research Conference
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The American Urological Association (AUA) 2014 AUA Summer Research Conference, "Patient Phenotyping: Advancing Treatment of Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction," will be held on September 13-14, 2014 at the AUA Headquarters in Linthicum, MD near the BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport. The purpose of the conference is to identify, develop, and implement strategies aimed toward improving research that will enhance the understanding of lower urinary tract dysfunction (LUTD) in both younger and older adults. This conference is also intended to complement and synergize with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Measurement of Urinary Symptoms (MOMUS) and Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction Research Network (LURN) initiatives. Some participants may be also attending the NIDDK MAPP meeting on September 15-16 in Washington, DC. The AUA will provide complimentary transportation from Linthicum to Washington for persons attending both meetings.

There is a $100 registration fee for early-career investigators (within 10 years of residency or doctorate) and $250 registration fee for established investigators and others. To register, contact the AUA Customer Service Department at all 1-800-908-9414 or registration@AUAnet.org. In addition, travel awards up to $1,000 are available for early career investigators. The early bird hotel rate of $101 is available at our host hotel, the Hyatt Place Baltimore/BWI Airport.

Conference information can be found at http://www.auanet.org/research/summer-research-conference.cfm. We hope to see you at the meeting. We also encourage you to share this information with your colleagues or other interested parties.

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Value-Based Modifier Changes for the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
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Review of Proposed Changes
THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (ACA) established a value-based payment modifier that provides for differential payment to physicians based on the quality of care provided in relation to the cost of providing that care. The modifier must be budget neutral implying that a reward for high-quality care is offset by a penalty for poor-performance care as measured through alignment with the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).

The INITIAL component in the modifier determination is PQRS participation through satisfactory reporting of data on PQRS quality measures via the PQRS Group Practice Reporting Option (GRPO) (through the use of the web-interface electronic health record) or through satisfactory participation in a PQRS-qualified clinical data registry. All EP's (eligible providers) that meet the initial reporting requirements are placed in Category 1 and Category 1 providers are then further quality-tiered for further adjustments. Those providers who do not meet Category 1 requirements fall into Category 2. Category 2 providers are only eligible for a downward payment adjustment. Quality-tiering methodology is being utilized for value determination within the initial category. Eligible providers are classified as either low quality/average cost, average quality/high cost, high quality/low cost or average quality/low cost. The value based modifier would be applied based on the tier the EP is placed in from PQRS reporting.

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Treatment of recurrent stress urinary incontinence in women: Comparison of treatment results for different surgical techniques
Wideochir Inne Tech Malo Inwazyjne via PubMed
There is still no consensus on which surgical technique is the most effective for female recurrent stress urinary incontinence after the initial surgery.
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Current practice in management of pelvic girdle pain amongst physiotherapists in Norway and Australia
Manual Therapy
Pelvic girdle pain is frequently managed by physiotherapists. Little is known about current physiotherapy practice and beliefs in the management of PGP disorders. The primary aim of this study was to investigate current practice and beliefs in management of PGP among physiotherapists working in Norway and Australia.
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Biofeedback-guided pelvic floor exercise therapy for obstructive defecation: An effective alternative
World Journal of Physiotherapy
Constipation in adults is a common disorder of the gastrointestinal area. It affects nearly everyone in the general population at different points in their lifetime. Currently, constipation has a profound impact on adult patients' quality of life and has been considered a major social and psychological disability. Chronic functional constipation influences 2 percent to 30 percent of individuals in Western countries.
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Urogynecology: From past to future
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Over the last decade, the field of urogynecologic surgery has been subject to deep changes. A thorough understanding of the injury mechanisms responsible for pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence in women, greatly contributed to the development of innovative surgical techniques and changing therapeutic approaches.
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Magnetic resonance imaging of pelvic floor disorders
Topics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging via PubMed
Physical examination alone is often inadequate for evaluation of pelvic floor dysfunction. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a robust modality that can provide high-quality anatomic and functional evaluation of the pelvic floor.
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The MAPP research network: A novel study of urologic chronic pelvic pain syndromes
BMC Urology via BioMed Central
Urologic chronic pelvic pain syndrome may be defined to include interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome and chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome. The hallmark symptom of UCPPS is chronic pain in the pelvis, urogenital floor, or external genitalia often accompanied by lower urinary tract symptoms. Despite numerous past basic and clinical research studies there is no broadly identifiable organ-specific pathology or understanding of etiology or risk factors for UCPPS, and diagnosis relies primarily on patient reported symptoms.
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Pelvic Floor Dialogues – Issue 6 Now Available
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Pelvic Floor Dialogues – Issue 6 is now available on VoicesforPFD.org. The newsletter is designed to update patients on the latest pelvic floor research and connect them to valuable resources.

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Relive the Excitement of the AUGS/IUGA 2014 Scientific Meeting
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Whether you attended the AUGS/IUGA 2014 Scientific Meeting or were unable to join us in Washington, DC, you will be able to experience the highlights through Facebook.

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Female triathletes at risk for pelvic floor disorders
Medscape
Female triathletes are at risk for pelvic floor disorders, decreased energy, menstrual irregularities and abnormal bone density, according to researchers at Loyola University Health System.

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Obstetrics, gynecology researchers receive prestigious award
UAB News
The American Urogynecologic Society and the International Urogynecological Association have honored the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for work in the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development-sponsored Pelvic Floor Disorders Network, with the 2014 Best Paper in Basic Science award.
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You don't need that annual pelvic exam. So why is your doctor giving you one?
Reuters
Recently, the American College of Physicians reported what many doctors have known for years: There is little justification for the widespread practice of the annual pelvic exam. In its clinical guidelines, the physicians group recommended against performing the exams for non-pregnant women who don't have pelvic pain or other symptoms that suggest a gynecologic problem. These guidelines do not apply to Pap smears for cervical cancer screening, for which there is strong evidence for their continued use.
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Cholesterol drugs may assist post-operative recovery
health24
Recovery time after surgery may be reduced for patients taking the cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins, according to a new study. The study's Irish researchers suspect that the drugs may affect the body's inflammatory response, reducing the amount of time surgical patients' wounds need to heal. And that seemed to be particularly true among people who tend to have healing complications.
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